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$13-million construction contract for Victoria Street West project awarded

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Construction at the intersection of First Avenue and Lorne Street. (via Brendan Kergin)

As the date for construction on Victoria Street West nears, the city has announced who's going to be involved in the project.

A $13-million contract has been awarded to Extreme Excavating Ltd., a local company, for the project, which will see street work starting on Victoria Street West between the Seymour Street on-ramp and Overlanders Bridge, according to a press release. Construction is currently slated to start in April and wrap up in the fall of 2020.

“The city recognizes the impact this project will have, both on the whole community, and directly on the businesses located within the limits of the project," says city civic operations director Jen Fretz in the release. "Significant traffic delays should be expected, but the city will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction and access to businesses throughout the duration of the project."

The impetus for the project is the city's aging underground infrastructure, as water, sanitary and storm services in that area are all around 100 years old.

In addition to the underground work, the city is taking the opportunity to work on beautifying the area (lighting and landscaping improvements are part of the renovation). The city will also improve upon the current pedestrian situation along that section of road.

The city will share updates on the project through its letstalk.kamloops.ca website. A drop-in session will also be happening March 14 between 6 and 8 p.m. at St. Andrews on the Square. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.




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